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Human Resources for Postdoctoral Scholars:

Postdocs who need HR assistance should start by contacting their school or division’s HR office. For School/Division HR Representatives Contact: Jordan Todd, HR Consultant.

Joyce Tan, Associate Vice Chancellor

Portrait of Joyce TanAssociate Vice Chancellor Joyce Tan currently oversees the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. She can be reached at or by phone at 919-962-0394. Britt Johnson-Broache serves as Executive Assistant to Joyce Tan. (email: / Ph: 919-962-1319)

Dara Wilson-Grant, Associate Director

Portrait of Dara Wilson-GrantWith over ten years experience providing career management education and training, Dara’s mission is to help individuals develop a framework for sound decision-making and career planning while also helping them to develop the skills required for a lifetime of professional success. In her role at OPA, Dara provides individual career counseling and coaching to postdoctoral scholars. She also designs, presents, and coordinates an array of career and professional development programs.

Dara holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Fordham University and a BA in Business Administration from Goucher College. She is also a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Human Resource Recruitment Specialist. Prior to joining OPA in July of 2006, Dara was the Assistant Director at UNC’s career center and an instructor at UNC’s School of Education. Throughout her career, Dara has worked with students and professionals in a wide range of disciplines and career fields. However, her specialty is working with postdoctoral scholars and mid-career professionals in transition.

P: 919-843-2340

Jennifer Pruitt, Program Coordinator

Portrait of Jennifer PruittJennifer oversees the logistics for the career and professional development programs, workshops, and specials events for the office. In addition, she is the contact for the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity, managing the recruitment, selecting, and onboarding for underrepresented postdoctoral scholars coming to Carolina to prepare for tenure-track faculty positions. She has over fourteen years of experience working at the university, previously working under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research as the assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research.

Jennifer is an alumna of Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.

P: 919-962-7757

Alan Farber, Career Counselor

Portrait of Alan FarberAlan joins Postdoctoral Affairs following 27 years as a university career development specialist. Prior to arriving at UNC, he was the Associate Director of Career Services at the University of San Diego, and the Assistant Director of Career Services at Northern Illinois University (NIU). He has taught graduate career development courses at NIU and the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.

Alan is a freelance career coach and contributing writer and editor for educational publisher Woodburn Press. Alan has helped thousands of students and seasoned professionals to explore their options and realize their professional dreams. He has conducted many professional presentations, and written numerous articles, guides, and book chapters on career-related topics.

Alan completed his Ph.D. in Counseling at Michigan State University. He has a Master’s degree in Counseling from Ball State University in Indiana, and a B.A. in Psychology from Marietta College in Ohio.

P: 919-843-4793

Kiara Childs, Graduate Student Assistant

Portrait of Kiara ChildsKiara serves as the Graduate Program Communication Assistant for the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. In her role at OPA, she helps with event planning, social media content, and administrative duties. While at UNC she has worked as a communication assistant for the Institute of African American Research (IAAR) and Humanities for the Public Good.

Kiara is currently a Ph.D. candidate studying Black women’s digital culture in the Department of Communication at UNC. She also holds an M.A in Communication from UNC and a B.A. in Journalism and Communication and Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Samantha Klein, Graduate Student Assistant

Portrait of Samantha KleinSam serves as the Student Program Assistant for the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Her role includes planning training and networking events and other administrative duties. Prior to UNC, she was the Program Coordinator of a teen leadership program in New York City.

Sam is currently a Master of Public Health student in the health policy concentration. She also holds a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the State University of New York at New Paltz.